Getting a Life Care Plan
A good life care plan will detail and outline the full set of financial support requirements needed by a child to stay healthy throughout his or her lifetime. Normally, the plan is constructed by doctors or nurses with each of the experts playing a crucial role in the process. These plans typically contain details relating to items like:
- Educational costs and testing expenses
- Special education programs
- Ongoing assistive nursing care
- Therapy services
- Assistive devices like wheelchairs and braces
In addition to doctors and nurses, engaging a birth injury attorney may be a good idea when compiling a life care plan. If the cerebral palsy or other birth injury was due to negligence on the part of the doctor, nurse, or other medical staff, they could be held financially liable and the compensation won used to partly or entirely fund the cost of your child’s treatment.
Scholarships for people with cerebral palsy
Scholarship applications are an important part of the college admissions process for all students, unchallenged and challenged alike. Particularly for those with CP, scholarships provide an important platform for lowering the financial burden of the disorder. They are also one of the few arenas where having a disability may be an advantage. Pursuing scholarships limited to those with a recognized physical or mental disability effectively means competing against a smaller pool of applicants, increasing the probability of a successful application.
Pursuing scholarships limited to those with a recognized physical or mental disability effectively means competing against a smaller pool of applicants
We recommend looking around in your local community and target universities for specific opportunities, but here are a couple to get you started:
The incight scholarship is available to current Washington, Oregon, or California residents with a disability as defined by the ADA, DSM-V, IDEA, or other governing body. Visit their site to see additional requirements and apply.
For rising computer science students with disabilities, the lime scholarship is sponsored by Google and offers recipients $10,000 to those studying in the US ($5,000 for those studying in Canada). Additionally, recipients will have a chance to attend the annual Google Scholars’ Retreat in Mountain View, California and will be considered for software engineering internship opportunities with Google.